Messi stars for Barca in Copa quarters

Pione Sisto Celta Vigo

Argentinean Messi scored in the 13th and 15th minutes following passes from left-back Jordi Alba.

Ivan Rakitic completed the formalities in the 87th minute by putting one more on the board. The Brazil midfielder will make his debut after he recovers from a right leg muscle injury.

Sevilla defeated fellow Andalusian side Cadiz 2-1 at home for a 4-1 aggregate win, while Espanyol overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 away to join Barca in Friday's quarter-final draw.

Two minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage as Messi exchanged passes with Alba before calmly slotting past Alvarez.

Messi was on hand to double Barca's lead on the quarter-hour mark after playing Alba into space, who in turn charged down the wing and played the ball back into the path of the Argentine, who duly drilled home.

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"The connection between Messi and Alba is nothing new, it has been working for years", Valverde said. "Messi also creates goals for Alba". "We always look for each other and we were both able to get on the score sheet today".

Copa del Rey holders Barcelona will take on city rivals Espanyol in the quarter-finals of this season's competition, while Real Madrid also face a tie against nearby opposition in the form of Leganes.

The two La Liga giants both secured their progression from the last-16, with Barca seeing off the challenge of Celta Vigo while Madrid shot down Numencia. Correa then headed in from a corner taken by Pablo Sarabia in the 54th. Atletico is second and Sevilla fifth. "We are all suffering from the derby loss", Correa said.

Even when Barcelona were comfortably poised at 2-0, their pace did not drop down. Goals from Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno sent Espanyol through.

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